Universal Basic Income

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Michael Lavalette’s piece on Universal Basic Income (“Safety Net Without Stigma”, October SR) is spot on. And the two letters, one supporting the idea, one against (November SR), are an object lesson in our united-front politics.

We support transitional initiatives such as UBI with enthusiasm because they benefit our class and strike a crushing blow to austerity blame-culture.

At the same time, we are explicit in not sowing illusions in capitalist legislatures to deliver them. The capitalist class will fight ruthlessly against UBI. So class struggle is always required to deliver any significant reform.

Dermot Smyth